Withers SBL

Withers is proud to be the first international law firm focused on successful people to offer on-the-ground legal services tailored to individuals, their families and business and philanthropic interests in Australia.

Withers has established an alliance with leading Australian firms BLW LLP in Sydney and SBL Shmith in Melbourne which, together with Withers' Sydney-based team, offer an integrated service in tax, corporate and commercial, real estate, estate planning and succession, litigation, capital raisings and philanthropy.  Withers SBL provides access to Withers' worldwide legal expertise.

Please click on the links below to access the websites of the alliance members.


SBL Shmith is a Melbourne based corporate and commercial practice established by Justin Shmith.  Justin is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with a focus on M&A and cross border investment especially between Australia and Asia. 


BLW LLP is specialist Sydney based tax practice led by John Balazs and Gina Lazanas.  John and Gina are former tax partners of a leading global law firm and offer many years of experience as tax advisers in Australia and Europe.


The Withers Sydney office is led by partners, Robert Williams (Hotels & Hospitality) and Justin Gross (Corporate & Trusts).  Withers is recognized as as one of the world's leading law firms dedicated to entrepreneurs, successful people and their businesses and has advised 51% of the top 100 UK Sunday Times Rich List, over 20% of the top 100 US Forbes list, as well as numerous families in Asia.  With over 110 partners and more than 300 other lawyers, Withers has unparalleled expertise in commercial, tax, trusts, estate planning, financial services, litigation, real estate, charities, employment, family law and other legal issues facing individuals and their families.


The firm has offices in London, New York, New Haven, Greenwich (Connecticut), Los Angeles, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, San Francisco, the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Toyko, Singapore, Sydney, Geneva, Zurich, Milan, Padua and Dubai.

Withers SBL members are independent firms, providing a seamless and integrated service to clients.

Withers SBL